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  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
    2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson has ruled the roost in terms of touring motorcycles, one of its primary baggers being the burly Road Glide. Its easily identifiable shark-nose fairing along with fenders and saddlebags will make the ride more stylish, and the easily adjustable emulsion rear shocks and responsive front suspension will make it more comfortable. Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe obvious Road Glide competition this year is the 2020 Indian Challenger. These two American touring motorcycles, the Road Glide Special and Challenger Dark Horse went head to head in this recent Cycle World comparison. In preparation for the aforementioned comparison, we threw the 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special on our in-house Dynojet 250i rear-wheel dynamometer to find that this model produced 76.13 hp at 4,810 rpm and 108.29 pound-feet of torque at 2,670 rpm.2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson Road Glide Updates For 2020No major updates for this year. This tourer comes in four variants: Standard ($21,699), Special ($27,299), Limited ($28,299), and CVO ($40,999). A total of 28 colors are available between the four.2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Claimed SpecificationsPrice $21,699 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,746cc Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 111.0mm Horsepower N/A Torque 111.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 27.4 in. Rake 26.0° Trail 6.8 in. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide
    2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide (Harley-Davidson /)The 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide trike loads on the amenities. Starting with the new adaptive LED headlamp and on to the Kahuna collection grips, levers, pegs, and floorboards, you will be the big kahuna riding the roads. This is attractive to riders (and passengers) who like to ride in comfort and stay connected while on longer trips. Heated rider/passenger seats and grips make it supremely comfy and the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system, sound system, and Boom! Audio 30K Bluetooth headset keep you, your passenger, and bike all on the same page. For a balanced ride on the Milwaukee-Eight 117-powered machine, you will be riding on a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Tomahawk contrast cut wheels. 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionAside from luxury trikes like the Can-Am RT Limited, the CVO Tri Glide could also be challenged by the two-wheeled Honda Gold Wing Tour Automatic DCT because it too has a reverse function, plenty of cargo space, Apple CarPlay integration, and powerful six-cylinder 1,833cc engine.2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide Updates For 2020The CVO Tri Glide is an all-new model for 2020. It is the first Tri Glide with the CVO designation and it comes equipped with the new 117ci engine. It also features the new Daymaker adaptive LED headlight and new 19-inch/18-inch Tomahawk contrast cut wheels as mentioned above. As standard on all 2020 CVO models the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), which is ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra
    2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra (Harley-Davidson /)Looking for a machine with the classic Harley-Davidson batwing-faired styling up front, significant compartment space in the back, and with the stability of three wheels? The 2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra is just the trike. A total of 6.8 cubic feet of storage will allow the owner to carry extra goodies while on the road, and the stability of three wheels can provide a hassle-free stop at the lights—a good thing considering it weighs a claimed 1,243 pounds. 2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionPricing for the Tri Glide Ultra starts at $34,999. Like the 2020 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, the competition includes the Can-Am Spyder RT and RT Limited which have competitive prices of $23,299 and $27,299, respectively. 2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Updates For 20202020 brings in a few new updates to the Tri Glide Ultra including all-new traction control and the four-speaker Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. 2020 is also the first year we have seen a CVO Tri Glide model from The Motor Company. The Tri Glide Ultra is available in Vivid Black, Spruce, Midnight Blue/Barracuda Silver, River Rock Gray/Vivid Black, and Tahitian Teal.2020 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Claimed SpecificationsPrice $34,999 Engine Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,868cc Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 114.0mm Horsepower N/A Torque 121.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 28.9 in. Rake 26.0° Trail 3.9 in. Front Suspension ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
    2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited (Harley-Davidson /)One of the flagship models of Harley-Davidson’s touring line is the Ultra Limited. If you are a rider who loves to be comfortable, then good news: This model beefs up the creature comforts with electronic cruise control, Tour-Pak luggage carrier (which can hold two full-face helmets), one-touch saddlebags, and heated handgrips. Head buffeting is claimed to be limited thanks to the batwing fairing with the splitstream air vent when you’re charging down the highways with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine.2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionCompetition for the Ultra Limited comes from the Indian Roadmaster, because of its V-twin heart, similar creature comforts, and $28K-plus price range. 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Updates For 2020The Ultra Limited’s engine and chassis have seen no major changes for 2020. A new bold black finish is an option, so you can give your tourer a dark treatment. Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Claimed SpecificationsPrice $28,699 Engine Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,868cc Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 114.0mm Horsepower N/A Torque 122.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 29.1 in. Rake 26.0° Trail 6.7 in. Front Suspension 49mm dual bending valve; 4.6-in. travel Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 3.0-in. travel Front Tire BW 130/70B-18 Rear Tire BW 180/55B-18 Wheelbase 64.0 in. Fuel Capacity ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • MotoGP Launches Virtual Video Game Motorcycle Race 2020
    MotoGP will host its first-ever virtual race that will be streamed live on Sunday, March 29. The race will include nine of the world’s top GP racers. (Red Bull Content Pool/)With the start of the 2020 MotoGP motorcycle racing season postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s premier motorcycle race series announced a virtual race that will stream live on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. (GMT+2). Related: 2020 MotoGP Class Canceled At Qatar, Thailand PostponedNine racers from seven teams will take part in the virtual event including the Márquez brothers (Repsol Honda), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Álex Rins and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), and last but not least Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing). Related: Austin MotoGP Race Postponed 2020The competition will utilize the official MotoGP19 video game software that was released last year. The game can be played with PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows-compatible consoles.Related: Argentina MotoGP Race Postponed Due To CoronavirusRacers will compete on a virtual rendering of the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in central Italy. A five-minute qualifying session in time-attack/sprint-style format will dictate grid positions for the six-lap race.This marks the first time MotoGP has attempted to execute such a competition and could theoretically open up a new subseries (and revenue stream) that could run during the off-reason or in times of duress. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season Suspended
    The remaining rounds of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship have been canceled, though organizers hold out hopes of rescheduling later in the year. (Kawasaki/)The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season to a halt. Event organizers have canceled the remaining rounds of the schedule, but hold out hopes that the races can be rescheduled for later this year.Races in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Seattle had already been canceled. Series organizers opted to suspend the championship indefinitely on March 25 in order to give fans a chance to claim refunds if desired.Here is a full rundown of remaining rounds that have been called off:April 4 in Denver, COApril 18 in Foxborough, MAApril 25 in Las Vegas, NVMay 2 in Salt Lake City, UTA brief announcement from the FIM and Feld Entertainment claims the series suspension is in place until further notice, and states that it intends to reschedule the canceled rounds later this year. However, at this time there’s no information on the dates or locations of these races.This announcement comes as no surprise too, as cities, states, and entire countries around the world limit social gatherings and interaction in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The 2020 IOMTT has also been canceled, MotoGP events have been postponed, and manufacturers like Harley-Davidson and Yamaha have suspended production operations. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-27
  • Dealing With The Coronavirus – Do Some Motorcycle Maintenance
    Keep your chain and sprockets in top shape with a clean and lube. (Motorcyclist/)Like a lot of you, I’m currently stuck at home. It’s been more than a week since my fiancée and I started our self-quarantine to do our small part in putting a stop to the spread of COVID-19. And while I’m no stranger to working from home, the near complete societal shutdown of our little southern Oregon town creates a bit of havoc in my mind from time to time.So I try to stay busy. I’m cooking more, catching up on some TV, learning some new Photoshop skills online, keeping up with the work I can do remotely, and getting my house (and garage) in order. Many of the things I neglect to do when it’s 9-5 as usual (not the work part, I swear). I’ve found that taking on a project is a great way to point my attention in a positive direction. Which is why I thought it might be helpful to pose a challenge to the riders out there who don’t typically wrench on their own bikes. Why not try a little motorcycle maintenance? Or at the very least, some care and cleaning?In case you haven’t seen it before, we have a phenomenal series of videos and articles on just such topics. MC Garage is a fantastic resource for any of you who feel a little less than confident about working on your own bike. I’d like to share some of my favorite episodes, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-26
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Road King
    2020 Harley-Davidson Road King (Harley-Davidson /)The 2020 Harley-Davidson Road King is the stripped-down bagger in H-D’s touring line. A modern tourer with amenities like one-touch bags, Showa dual-bending valve front suspension, and rear emulsion shocks, the Road King guarantees a convenient and comfortable ride. From the ’60s-inspired Hiawatha headlamp and nacelle to the chrome accents throughout, the Road King is a classically styled mile-collecting model.2020 Harley-Davidson Road King (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Road King Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe Road King comes in three variants, the Road King Special (which won Best Touring Bike in Cycle World’s 2017 Ten Best Bikes), Road King CVO, and Road King Limited. Competition includes the Indian Springfield and Indian Springfield Dark Horse.Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.Harley-Davidson Road King Updates For 2020There are no significant changes for the 2020 model year. Different color alternatives are available for 2020 and these, aside from the typical Vivid Black, include: Billiard Red, Stone Washed White Pearl, Silver Pine/Spruce, and Stiletto Red. Price has also increased from 2019’s starting price of $19,289 to $19,499. 2020 Harley-Davidson Road King (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Road King Claimed SpecificationsPrice $19,499 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,746cc Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 111.1mm Horsepower N/A Torque 111.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 27.8 in. Rake 26.0° Trail 6.7 in. Front Suspension 49mm dual bending valve; 4.6-in. travel Rear Suspension Preload ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
    2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim (Clutch Studios/)The 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim is a classic cruiser done up in bobber styling—a minimal aesthetic that’s popular among younger riders and custom builders. With features like spoked wheels, chopped fenders, floorboards, and shotgun exhaust this should be on anyone’s list if they are looking for a 1950-style ride. The Softail Slim is stripped down, stylish, and ready to ride all day thanks to comfortable ergonomics and H-D’s Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant.Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionIn 2018, when the Dyna line was merged with the Softail, Harley-Davidson implemented changes to the suspension, improved handling and lean angle, and reduced weight, which Kevin Cameron reviewed in detail.Competition includes the Indian Chief Dark Horse and Triumph Bonneville Bobber.2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim (Clutch Studios/)Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Updates For 2020There are no significant updates for the 2020 model year. The 2020 machine is available in Vivid Black, Black Denim, Barracuda Silver Denim, and Billiard Burgundy.2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Claimed SpecificationsPrice $15,999 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,746cc Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 111.1mm Horsepower N/A Torque 110.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 26.0 in. Rake 30.0° Trail 5.8 in. Front Suspension 49mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 3.4-in. travel Front Tire 130/90B-16 Rear Tire 150/80B-16 Wheelbase 64.2 in. Fuel ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Yamaha YZ250FX
    2020 Yamaha YZ250FX (Yamaha/)The Yamaha YZ250FX was first introduced in 2015 and is the Japanese manufacturer’s 250cc four-stroke cross-country competition model. It is intended to be raced in events such as the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series or local cross-country racing.2020 Yamaha YZ250FX Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionYamaha gave us the opportunity to ride the all-new YZ250FX in East Coast off-road conditions when they held the intro for the bike at Randy Hawkins’ private ranch in Union, South Carolina. Contributor Allan Brown took notes on the refinement Yamaha made for the 2020 model year, “Overall, Yamaha did a great job with the updates it made to the 2020 YZ250FX. It filled in some of the small gaps the bike was missing to make it a better off-the-showroom-floor competition model.”2020 Yamaha YZ250FX (Yamaha/)Some competitors for the 2020 Yamaha YZ250FX include the Honda CRF250RX and KTM 250 XC-F. Yamaha’s suggested retail price for the 2020 YZ250FX is $8,499, which is $200 more than the 2020 CRF250RX and $1,000 less than the 2020 250 XC-F.Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.Yamaha YZ250FX Updates For 2020The Yamaha YZ250FX was overhauled for 2020, enjoying many of the changes its motocross-oriented YZ250F counterpart received in 2019. The most notable updates include a completely revised engine that is now capable of being wirelessly tuned via a smartphone, revised suspension settings, a new frame, and slimmer bodywork.2020 Yamaha YZ250FX (Yamaha/)2020 Yamaha YZ250FX ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Honda CRF450L
    2020 Honda CRF450L (Honda /)For decades, Japanese and European dual sport motorcycles differed dramatically with the Euro brands leaning heavily toward a dirt bias while the Japanese offerings were, frankly, overweight dirt imposters.No more. The 2020 Honda CRF450L does more than look like a CRF450R or ’RX with turn signals; it borrows significantly from most of those models’ major components like the engine, frame, and suspension to create a Japanese dual-purpose bike that’s truly at home in the dirt while meeting increasingly strict government requirements in qualifying for street use.2020 Honda CRF450L (Honda /)2020 Honda CRF450L Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionA brand-new model for 2019, the CRF450L immediately sparked interest from all quarters and was the impetus for a comparison last year with the Beta 430 RR-S, Husqvarna FE 450, and KTM 500 EXC-F. Stacked up against those proven examples, it held its own in most categories, and despite being the heaviest, its CRF450R-derived suspension and aluminum frame enabled it to perform best in high-speed whoops. Not surprisingly, the Honda was also the most comfortable on the street and its $10,399 price tag made it the least expensive choice of the four. Interestingly, several individuals have stripped their CRF450Ls of extraneous street accoutrements, added some performance pieces, and raced them with good success in the desert.2020 Honda CRF450L (Honda /)Honda CRF450L Updates For 2020The sole difference between the 2020 and 2019 CRF450L is the graphics package. Even the price is unchanged.2020 Honda CRF450L Claimed SpecificationsPrice $10,399 Engine Liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder Displacement ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Husqvarna FC 350
    2020 Husqvarna FC 350 (Husqvarna/)The 2020 Husqvarna FC 350 is intended to provide a middle ground between a 250cc four-stroke and a 450cc four-stroke. The FC 350 and the only other 350cc four-stroke motocross bike on the market—the 2020 KTM 350 SX-F—enjoy ever-increasing popularity year after year, which is partially due to the ongoing improvements the Austrian manufacturer makes to them.2020 Husqvarna FC 350 Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe Husqvarna FC 350 only has one competitor in the 350cc four-stroke motocross bike class, and it’s a motorcycle it shares many similarities with—the KTM 350 SX-F. The 2020 FC 350 retails for $9,899, which is $100 more than the 2020 350 SX-F. Test rider Allan Brown wrote about how the changes Husqvarna made to the WP suspension of its midsize MXer are a step in the right direction. “The 2020 Husqvarna FC 350’s settings are noticeably improved, making this a much better bike right off the showroom floor than the 2019 model. Gone is the harsh feeling in your hands, which has been replaced with a significant amount of comfort.”2020 Husqvarna FC 350 (Husqvarna/)Husqvarna FC 350 Updates For 2020The midsize Husqvarna motocrosser features revised, softer suspension settings along with a one-tooth-larger rear sprocket, and a new optional ventilated airbox cover.2020 Husqvarna FC 350 (Husqvarna/)2020 Husqvarna FC 350 Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $9,899 Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder Displacement: 350cc Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 57.5mm Horsepower: N/A Torque: N/A Transmission: 5-speed Final Drive: Chain Seat Height: 37.4 in. Rake: 26.1° Trail: N/A Front Suspension: 48mm ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe
    2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe (Harley-Davidson /)Nothing says Route 66 more than a cruiser with whitewalled tires and valanced fenders. The 2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe is a cruiser that delivers classic Americana with a top-shelf Harley-Davidson feel. In addition to its set of rubber, the Deluxe also features chrome styling, pullback bars, LED lighting, and the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin engine for a modern but retro-styled ride. 2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionCompetition for the Harley-Davidson Deluxe? Consider the Indian Springfield or Chief Dark Horse. In fact, the Chief Dark Horse prices out nearly identically to the Harley-Davidson at $18,499, but fills a dramatically different blacked-out appeal.2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson Deluxe Updates For 2020There are no significant updates for the 2020 model year. The Deluxe is available in Vivid Black, Midnight Blue, Stone Washed White Pearl, Billiard Red/Vivid Black, and Scorched Orange/Silver Flux. 2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Deluxe Claimed SpecificationsPrice: $18,399 Engine: Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement: 1,746cc Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 111.1mm Horsepower: N/A Torque: 109.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm Transmission: 6-speed Final Drive: Belt Seat Height: 26.8 in. Rake: 30.0° Trail: 5.7 in. Front Suspension: 49mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable; 3.4-in. travel Front Tire: MT90B-16 Rear Tire: MU85B-16 Wheelbase: 64.2 in. Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal. Claimed Wet Weight: 697 lb. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • How To Ride A Motorcycle At Laguna Seca Raceway
    Don't worry, they stuck the landing. (T.M. Hill/)Finding out that dirt does indeed hurt. (T.M. Hill/)Clinic in session at turn 3. (T.M. Hill/)Good morning, epic trackday. (Christopher McEvoy/)The lazy hills surrounding the legendary Laguna Seca. (Christopher McEvoy/)How to make each win count three times? Use number 111, of course. (Mark Lancaster/)Matchless metallurgy in motion. (Mark Lancaster/)Still life with man, m'lady, and Mean Green Machine. (Mark Lancaster/)Speedy Gonzalez: Official spirit animal of the Honda CL175. (Mark Lancaster/)Rubbing is racing, even when it’s on pavement. (Paul Piskor/)No crash rash on this gem of a lid. Yet. (Alberto Gonzalez Jr./)Turns out racing in fog is a no-no. (Anders T. Carlson/)Five riders, one race line to rule them all. (Anders T. Carlson/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-25
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114
    2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 (Harley-Davidson /)The 2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 is the most raked-out, custom-styled cruiser in the iconic American brand’s 2020 lineup. Putting a claimed 119 pound-feet of torque to the ground with its 240mm rear tire, the Breakout is built for those riders trying to take the bike’s drag racing inspiration to the streets. Its features, such as the gloss black cast aluminum wheels, riser-mounted digital gauge, and 2-into-2 staggered exhausts, will also attract the detail oriented. 2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionIn the past 2018, we touted the Breakout as “the most radical of all Softails” because of its dragstrip-ready appearance. Now, it might be a stretch stylistically speaking, but you might consider the Suzuki Boulevard M109R as the Breakout’s competition.2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 (Harley-Davidson /)Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 Updates For 2020There are no significant updates for the 2020 model year. The Breakout 114 is available in Vivid Black, Midnight Blue, Barracuda Silver, River Rock Gray Denim, Performance Orange, Stiletto Red, and Zephyr Blue/Black Sunglo.2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 Claimed SpecificationsPrice $20,499 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,868cc Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 114.0mm Horsepower N/A Torque 119.0 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Belt Seat Height 26.2 in. Rake 34.0° Trail 5.7 in. Front Suspension 49mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 3.4-in. travel Front Tire 130/60B-21 Rear Tire 240/40R-18 Wheelbase 66.7 in. Fuel Capacity 3.5 gal. Claimed Wet Weight 672 lb. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
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  • Virtual tour of Ducati museum in Bologna
    Even though the Ducati Museum in Bologna has been closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still take a virtual tour from the safety of your computer, tablet or phone, thanks to Google Maps. CLICK HERE TO TRY IT OUT Navigation is easy. You can move your mouse around to scan left and right and up and down and use the arrows on the floor to move forward, back or into the side rooms. The Ducati Museum attracts about 40,000 fans a year from around the world. I visited the museum a few years ago as well as touring the factory and have included some photos on my Pinterest page. You can also check out my BMW and Harley museum pix. The factory Ducati museumDisplays include the 1946 Cucciolo to the most recent Desmosedici GP and World Superbikes. The Museum covers an area of 850 square metres and the exhibition surrounds a giant red helmet with motorcycles displayed on an illuminated track. There are also seven thematic rooms, with displays, historic videos and mementoes. The museum was officially recognised in 2012 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Regional Activities as a site of significant cultural value and for the fourth consecutive year it has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In 2014, more than 40,000 people from all over the world visited the Ducati Museum with TripAdvisor reviewers giving it a score of 4.5 out of 5. To select the winners of the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-28
  • Honda virtually unveils CB-F concept
    The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 47th Tokyo Motorcycle Show, so motorcycle manufacturers have chosen to virtually launch their new products, including the Honda CB-F concept. This “modern retro” is a tribute to the CB900F of the 1970s-80s. 1982 Honda CB900FBut don’t get your hopes too high that it will come to Australia. The 20-13 CB1100 was also a great retro tribute bike, but Honda abandoned it, even after it was substantially updated with a sixth gear and ABS just a year later. CB110 Concept Type IIInstead, we have the very uninspiring CB1000R sport. That bike is still shown on its website, but we think it’s been quietly discontinued as there are no 2019 models available for sale that we can find. Just as well! Honda CB1000RHonda CB-F The CB-F is powered by a water-cooled, inline 998cc four-cylinder engine with a six-speed box, the same drivetrain as the CB1000R, so maybe this is the replacement bike. Although the CB-F is just a concept at the moment, Honda tends make production bikes very close to their concept moneys. That’s good news, because we like the CB-F with its retro boxy shapes, single round headlight and silver/blue colouring. Obviously, the missing indicators and mirrors will be added. And maybe that elegantly small and simple exhaust pipe will be modified for emissions regulations. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up as hideous as the pipe on the CB1000R! The chassis is made of lightweight high-tensile steel with an aluminium single-sided swingarm and ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-28
  • UK Government Budget 2020: Impact on Electric Motorcycles
    On the 11th of March, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his first budget which was largely focused on measures to combat the economic impact of the Coronavirus. This may have taken the headlines but there are many other interesting areas, especially those pertaining to motorists and environmental protection. Cash Injection In the budget, it was announced that the government will be providing £532 million for consumer incentives for ultra-low emission vehicles in a bid to encourage more motorists to switch to eco-friendly vehicles to hit the zero-carbon target by 2050. £129.5 million will also be provided to extend the plug-in grant for vans, taxis and motorcycles to 2022-2023. Head of Bike at Carole Nash, Mike Cooper reacted positively to the budget: With sales of the Electric Motorcycles increasing in 2019 and growth seen in early 2020 the recent budget announcement sends a positive message of encouragement of support to the future of electric motorcycling. Furthermore, Mike Hates from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) responded to the news: We are pleased to see the Chancellor find room in his Budget to help make zero-emission motoring a more viable option for more drivers – essential if we are to begin to meet extremely challenging environmental ambitions. Oliver van Bilsen living in London with an electric BMW C evolution scooterMotorcyclists For motorcyclists, you can receive a grant of up to £1,500 which will encourage many to consider making the switch to a more eco-friendly motorbike. This ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-27
  • Motorcycle companies should make ventilators
    Several motorcycle companies around the world have donated ventilators, protective medical suits, respirators, masks, surgical gloves and alcohol wipes to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. That’s great, but how about going further? Many motorcycle factories have temporarily closed for cleaning and to amend their assembly lines to allow workers to stay further apart. How about also retooling to make ventilators which are in short supply? After all, there is no point returning to full production with demand expected to be low for some time. Motorcycle companies have the engineers to design ventilators and the facilities to produce them. They know how to work with plastics, metals, carbon fibre, precision valves and electronics. All the components of a ventilator. Car manufacturers are already offering to build ventilators and the Australian Government has asked Ford to help. We also know of one Brisbane engineering company that is designing a ventilator that can be 3D printed. Instead of laying off workers, they have thrown their skills into fighting the virus the best way they know how. What are ventilators? Ventilator machineA mechanical ventilator is not a surgical mask or a respirator which help protect surgical staff. It basically helps a patent breathe.  Medical staff insert a tube into patient’s windpipe and the machine regulates the supply of oxygen and removes carbon dioxide, basically breathing for the patient. Apparently Australia only has about 2000 of these machines but needs twice as many quickly. We are in a lot better situation than many other ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-26
  • DIY advice for self-isolating riders
    If you’ve responsibly chosen to park your bike during the pandemic, then you may be considering using the time to do some valuable DIY maintenance. We love a bit of DIY bike maintenance, but there are a few pitfalls that can trap the unwary home mechanic, warns RACQ technical officer and self-confessed mechanical “trainspotter” Steve Spalding. “I like to know where, how, why things work on my bikes, how the models differ and spec changes, oil specs, servicing schedules, workshop tools to do DIY maintenance etc,” says Steve. Steve Spalding RACQHowever, he says there can sometimes be variances between recommended replacement parts and what actually fits your bike. He recalls replacing his chain and sprockets on his Bandit in a working bee with some friends: “I probably drove them nuts when I spent around 30 minutes using Vernier callipers to measure the right amount of ‘crush’ on the joining link so as to not damage the ‘O’ ring seals.” “The sprocket sizes quoted by the bike shop for my bike were wrong. They didn’t believe me at first.” He says he has also found the online and in-store manuals listed different oil filter fitments. He now uses a different model and brand from what is recommended in the manual. “You’ll find there is a necessary close working relationship between parts people and mechanics. It comes down to the part number versus the application,” he says. “The spare parts staff rely on manuals and part numbers to supply a part. However, the mechanic ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-26
  • 4 Most Dangerous Motorcycle Routes in The World
    Contributed post (Image: Pamir Highway, Tajikistan) Any two-wheeled journey needs to be treated with care. We all know the truism that statistically you are most likely to have an accident within a few miles of home. That said, some roads in the world need to be treated with much more respect than your mum on Mother’s Day.  Below we are going to look at four of the most dangerous motorcycle routes in the world. Not the roads that are statistically most dangerous but the ones that that will reward you with life-changing views and experiences but could also lead to life-ending injuries should you get things slightly wrong. The Canning Stock Route, Australia Canning Stock RouteStretching for 1,850 km from Wiluna to Hall’s Creek in the Kimberley Region, the Canning Stock route follows the historic trial of what was once the longest cattle driving route in the world.  If you’re imaging cowboys driving cattle along dusty trails, then you have it exactly right. The Canning Stock route remains exactly that, only without the cattle or cowboys. It’s now just a dirt track through some of the most barren and unforgiving terrain Australia has to offer.  Over two to three weeks of hard riding, the route passes through not one, but three, deserts, the Gibson, Little and Great Sandy. Don’t expect any roadside cafes on the way, the most you can hope for is that the century-old wells you need for survival won’t be dry when you arrive.  With stretches without ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Man charged over ploughing into riders
    A 52-year-old man has been charged today (26 March 2020) after his Kia Rio ploughed head-on into a group of riders in Kyogle, northern NSW, killing one and injuring four others on Sunday, 20 October 2019. The six riders were all part of the Sons Of The Southern Cross Social Motorcycle Club who were heading south out of Kyogle at the time. One of the motorcycle riders, Wes “Pop” Carlton, 55, suffered critical injuries and sadly died at the scene. Wes “Pop” Carlton (Image: Facebook)Another rider, a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition. The other two riders, aged 52 and 53, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment. The injured riders were named as “Smiley, Wellsy and Browny”. Two more riding in the SOTSC group were not hit. Driver charged The driver and sole-occupant of the car, a 52-year-old man, was trapped for a short time before being released and taken to Lismore Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing. Image: Seven NewsOfficers from Richmond Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by the Far North Coast Crash Investigations Unit. Following extensive inquiries, the 52-year-old driver was arrested today (Thursday 26 March 2020) at his Warwick home in Queensland. He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Motorcyclist dies after hitting Armco
    A 42-year-old man has died after his motorcycle crashed into an Armco railing on the Old Dubbo Rd, in NSW, about 5.30pm on Wednesday (25 March 2020). NSW Police says they believe “the man lost control of his bike as he negotiated a sweeping left-hand bend and hit the Armco railing” at Eulomogo Creek bridge. “Passers-by located the man and contacted emergency services,” police say. Police and ambulance personnel performed CPR on the man at the scene, but the rider from Ravenswood died shortly after arriving at Dubbo Base Hospital. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District established a crime scene and began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. With the investigation ongoing it is yet to be determined why the rider “lost control”. On country roads it could have been caused by a stray animal, another road user or the road surface. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Armco barriers Dr Tana TanHitting any sort of barrier often results in serious injury or death for riders. Australian road safety consultancy Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd Research and Evaluations Lead and motorcyclist Dr Tana Tan says roadside hazards such as trees and signs should be removed from corners for the safety of riders. However, barriers such ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Ducati Streetfighter V4 may be delayed
    Ducati has revealed its new Streetfighter V4 in a live streaming show as its scheduled delivery may be delayed by the pandemic. The live streaming may have been planned to satisfy anxious customers, although it didn’t reveal much more than we already knew. Delivery delayed It was scheduled to be available from March 2020. However, given the company has closed it factory until further notice over the pandemic, deliveries are expected to be delayed. The Steetfighter will come in a “base model” at €19,990 (about $32,500) and a V4 S version at €22,990 (about $A37,500). Aussie prices may vary and the delivery schedule is not yet confirmed. Power packed It is only slightly detuned from the Panigale V4’s 211 (157kW) to 208hp (155kW) and weighs in at 201kg. To control all that power and keep the front wheel on the ground, it has an aero package that creates 28kg of downforce at 270km/h. The aggressive street brawl design is highlighted by two sets of wings on either side of the bike. Here is the Ducati press release and tech specs: The foundation of the Steetfighter V4 is a Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings and equipped with high, wide handlebars. Weighing 178 kg, it is powered by a 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, its 208 hp kept under control by biplane aerofoils and a latest-generation electronics package: a combination of factors and modifications that Ducati calls the “Fight Formula”. The result is an over-the-top naked Ducati, modern and technological, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Cleveland CycleWerks Falcon plugs in
    American fun bike manufacturer Cleveland CycleWerks has joined the electric motorcycle race with their new Falcon BLK and are seeking an Australian distributor. For years now, the Ohio-based company has been designing small-capacity fun machines that have been built in China and retailed for less than $50000. Cleveland CycleWerks Heist and Ace“We do not currently have an Australian distributor,” a company spokesman told us. “Not sure if the bike (electric Falcon BLK) will make it there at this point, but we would love to get our network back up and running.” Falcon BLK  The electric Falcon BLK is along the same lines as their previous lightweight low-capacity models. They claim a top speed of 137km/h (95mpg) and range of 290km (180 miles) which is probably in city traffic, with about half that range on the highway. Price in America is $US14,995 which is about $US400 more than the Zero FX. They will also have a Falcon 01 moped edition which costs $US7995 and has half the battery capacity. Falcon BLK is powered by a 13kW motor with four power modes (Eco, Custom, Ego and Wheelie for a power boost) and uses a conventional motorcycle chain driving the rear wheel. It has two 2.2-kWh “Angry Pixy Power” packs that use Samsung cells which look like they can be taken out to charge up. Maybe you can have powered-up spares ready to go. Swappable batteriesIt features a “robot bent” and hand-welded frame. Like their conventional models, Falcon BLK has minimal appointments such as a ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Norton Motorcycles boss under investigation
    Failed Norton Motorcycle boss Stuart Garner is in more strife with the UK Pensions regulator now investigating his role in a pension scheme to fraudulently fund his company. In January, Norton Motorcycles went into administration amid claims of pension fund frauds and a £300,000 unpair tax bill. In 2012 and 2013, 228 pensioners invested in five-year pension funds (Commando 2012 Pension Scheme, the Dominator 2012 Pension Scheme, and the Donington MC Pension Scheme) which invested primarily in Norton Motorcycles. Trustee of all funds and sole director of their provider, Manocrest Ltd, was Stuart Garner. The pensioners claim their investment was not returned years after the lock-in period had expired and £14 million in investments were lost in the company collapse. In February, Garner failed to appear at a public hearing held by the Pensions Ombudsman to investigate complaints about the pension schemes.  Garner in his home at Donington CastleUnder investigation It’s taken until now for the Pensions Regulator to launch an investigation. Last year the Pensions Ombudsman criticised Garner for a “clear” conflict of interest as trustee of schemes that invested all funds into his business. “It appears to me that the investment of all of the scheme’s assets in Norton Motorcycle Holdings is potentially in breach of the restrictions on employer-related investments under section 40 of the Pensions Act 1995,” the ombudsman said. Garner faces a fine and/or jail if found guilty of a conflict of interest. Despite being chased by investors, customers, the government and ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Alpinestars gloves score top safety rating
    Alpinestars GP Plus R2 motorcycle gloves (pictured) have become only the second pair of gloves to be awarded a full five stars for safety by MotoCAP. The internationally awarded safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing has added 15 more gloves to its list of tested gear. The Australian safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first of its type in the world. It has now rated 201 items of clothing, including 50 pairs of pants, 90 jackets and 61 pairs of gloves. Of those gloves, only the Alpinestars costing $225 and Ducati Corse C3 ($442) – both racing-style gloves – have scored a full five stars. Ducati Corse C3 glovesOnly three others scored four stars, five got three stars, 20 received two stars, 23 got one star and the rest were awarded just half a star. No comfort ratings While MotoCAP also supplies thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, it does not provide a comfort rating for gloves. That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow. However, they do test for waterproofing. Comfort is a big factor among baby boomers when selecting gloves, according to a Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey that also found Millennial riders buy for style. Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained. “There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say. All gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Riders doing best to ride responsibly
    Those riders still exercising their right to ride before what could be the inevitable lockdown are acting as responsibly as they can during this pandemic crisis. Many rider Facebook pages are now advising followers that they are no longer organising or sanctioning group rides. Some are also suggesting riders continue to ride solo and observe social distancing and safe practices such as frequent hand washing. While rider numbers seem to have dwindled substantially, there are still some heading out in ones and twos and trying their best to act responsibly.  Ride responsibly We’ve seen riders using disposable gloves at servos to fuel and pay and some are only fuelling up where they can keep their gloves and helmet on and pay by credit at the bowers. At cafe stops, riders are maintaining their distance from each other — most are even parking their bikes further apart than usual! Cafe owners report takings have more than halved. They say authorities have ordered them to remove seating and only offer takeaway service. They fear they will soon be shut down altogether and are asking riders to support them before the inevitable lockdown. Health advice Health authorities have pointed out to us that a helmet is not an effective surgical mask and motorcycle gloves are really no barrier as the coronavirus can survive for up to a day on material. In the meantime, if you touch your face, put your gloved hands anywhere that other people might touch (fuel pump, table, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-25
  • MV Agusta joins factory closures during pandemic
    The list of motorcycle factory closures due to the coronavirus pandemic is growing daily with MV Agusta finally joining its compatriots. The factory on the shores of beautiful Lake Varese in Lombardy, an early epicentre of the virus in Italy, had been continuing with a reduced workforce. Now they have announced that from tomorrow (26 March 2020) will cease all activities until the production ban is lifted, whenever that might be. They join other Italian motorcycle, car and automotive component factories in shutting down. Other automotive factories have closed across Europe and Asia and Harley-Davidson in the USA has closed its factories. Harley’s Pilgrim Road factory where a worker tested positive What closures mean to riders Motorcycle factory closures may not have a huge impact on the supply of models as demand will also be down. However, it could impact the supply of spare parts. The closure of component factories such as Brembo will also hamper the supply chain and the production of many models such as BMW and Triumph. Not that we may be able to lawfully ride soon, anyway. Restrictions seem to be tightening daily as the coronavirus infection rate soars. Surely it’s time to act responsibly and safeguard the health and livelihoods of ourselves and others. The post MV Agusta joins factory closures during pandemic appeared first on Motorbike Writer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Time to park bikes as borders close
    The time has come to park our motorcycles, act responsibly and safeguard the health and livelihoods of ourselves and others as the pandemic closes borders in three states and the NT. As of midnight tomorrow (25 March 2020), the Queensland border will be closed and police will be patrolling the many roads from NSW. Queensland joins South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory who have also closed their borders. If you do not have a valid and essential reason to enter those states and the NT, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. There will be various penalties of up to $13,000. Borders patrolled Queensland Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says police officers and other officials will be out on the road “as of one minute past midnight tomorrow night, making sure that these measures work”. That rules out the usual weekend club ride across the border and back. The PM’s office has issued simple advice on travel: “The Prime Minister has recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia.” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk goes even further: “Stay in your suburb.” While those are only recommendations at the moment, we imagine that if people do not curtail unnecessary travel, they will become enforceable bans. Are riders really a threat? This meme is no longer relevantWe have previously argued that solo riders who wear a helmet and gloves and don’t stop anywhere except for fuel are no threat. However, that is not correct. Queensland Health point out that a helmet is ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-24
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